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Couple should try counseling again before divorcing, says judge in unusual order

In an unusual ruling, a Kentucky judge has denied the divorce of a couple who had separated after being married for 13 years.

Judge grants Capitol rioter’s request to join Cajun Army’s relief efforts after Hurricane Ida

A federal judge has allowed a man who brought weapons to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 to leave Texas to help with Hurricane Ida relief in Louisiana.

SCOTUS formally rejects request to block Texas abortion ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday officially denied an emergency request from abortion providers to block a controversial Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks, before many women know that they are pregnant.

Texas bar facing new challenge over mandatory membership

The State Bar of Texas is facing a new lawsuit claiming that it has continued to require lawyers to join and pay dues, despite a recent federal appeals court ruling finding that the practice violated their First Amendment rights.

Texas’ 6-week abortion ban takes effect with no Supreme Court intervention

The U.S. Supreme Court failed to take action on an emergency application to block Texas’ near-total ban on abortions, allowing the most restrictive abortion law in the country to go into effect Wednesday.

Arizona eliminates peremptory challenges in jury selection

There will soon be a big change for jury selection in Arizona. The Arizona Supreme Court published a rule modification Friday ending the use of peremptory challenges in civil and criminal cases. It will be implemented Jan. 1.

Weekly Briefs: Trump sued by Capitol officers; state AG pleads no contest in fatal crash

Capitol officers sue Trump, far-right groups

Seven Capitol police officers have sued former President Donald Trump, far-right groups, Stop the Steal rally organizers and others. The Aug. 26 lawsuit alleges…

DC Circuit rules against group seeking internet browsing histories of government officials

Internet browsing histories of government officials sought by a watchdog group aren’t “agency records” subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a federal appeals court has ruled.

At least 2 federal appeals courts require vaccinations for oral arguments; other circuits differ

Federal appeals courts “are implementing wildly different responses to the delta variant surge," according to an analysis by Law360.

Is chalking tires a Fourth Amendment violation? Exception doesn’t protect city, 6th Circuit says

The city of Saginaw, Michigan, can’t cite an administrative search exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement to justify chalking tires, a federal appeals court has ruled.

LeClairRyan bankruptcy trustee targets firm co-founder, compares firm to movie ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’

LeClairRyan’s bankruptcy trustee has added claims against firm co-founder and former CEO Gary LeClair in an amended complaint filed Wednesday.

Judge sanctions pro-Trump lawyers for election suit, cites ‘guesswork’ affidavits and unwarranted claims

A federal judge has sanctioned lawyers for their election fraud lawsuit in Michigan, saying their claims were based on “speculation, conjecture and unwarranted suspicion.”

‘I can’t keep up with you on this stuff,’ busy trial lawyer tells Georgia justices in public defender’s libel suit

A lawyer representing an assistant public defender in a libel suit on Tuesday struggled with some oral argument questions about whether his client was a public official, finally telling the Georgia Supreme Court that he would hire someone else to “argue appellate stuff” in the future.

Supreme Court doesn’t disturb order forcing Biden to revive remain-in-Mexico policy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday kept in place a judge’s order requiring reinstatement of a Trump administration policy requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are pending.

Lawyer who once represented Stormy Daniels wins mistrial on charges he stole from clients

Suspended California lawyer Michael Avenatti has won a mistrial in his federal wire fraud trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars in settlement money from clients.

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